Parents' Guide to

Terrific Trucks

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

Delightful series follows adventures of real dirt movers.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 7+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 2+

Maybe a 4 is too high, but compared to what's out there, it's good

My 3 year old son absolutely adores trucks of all kinds, and we eagerly awaited this show when Sprout introduced it last year, watching the pilot numerous times. A few things I appreciated right off: 2 of the 7 trucks are female. Of course 3 or 4 of 7 would be better, but at least it's not an all-guy crew. It's annoying that one of the 2 female trucks is a pink one, conforming to really rigid stereotypes, but at least the other female truck is green. The two of them get as many assignments as the male trucks. And the truck most obsessed with his appearance is not a female truck, so that's a welcome break from stereotypes. I also appreciate that the voices sound diverse. As for themes, there are SO many great messages about cooperation, working together, following directions, taking time to figure out a problem. My little truck lover really enjoys that these are real trucks in the real world with just a little animation added on to animate their "faces". That makes this show very unique, visually. I can't say it's enjoyable to watch as an adult..I have literally fallen asleep while this is on at the break of dawn on more than one Saturday. But I feel safe dozing off while he is watching, knowing there's nothing terrible he's going to watch and there are actually positive messages coming from it.
age 18+

worst book

horrible book showed to my kids they insantly died

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (3 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

This exceptional series caters to kids who love big vehicles, and its unique live-action style (animated eyes are superimposed on real trucks) is a real treat. By keeping the animation to a minimum and putting the characters in real-life scenarios, the show allows kids to draw greater parallels between the characters and similar earth movers they might see in person. At the same time, the trucks' distinct personalities complement their physical appearances, from Blinker, the diminutive mini front-end loader, to the solid, reliable dump truck, Tork.

Terrific Trucks also captivates kids by incorporating some excellent life lessons in the characters' relationships. As in real life, there's always an element of surprise when you're rubbing elbows (or buckets) with others, and the trucks learn a lot about group dynamics and teamwork through their real-world experiences. Need another reason to love this show? It celebrates the kind of work these vehicles -- and by extension, their operators -- do in the real world.

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